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Hello all, firstly I'd like to say thank you to all of the previous posters and commenters on this forum. I've been dealing with Costochondritis for a year and a half, and as I'm confident you guys know, it's an infuriating condition to have. After all the testing, the doctor visits, the worrying nights thinking about heart attacks, in the end you're given a diagnosis that basically has no direct treatment. But, sometimes just reading your posts made it a little easier to deal with.
Basically, I'm at the point now where I'm educating my doctor on this condition. He's a good guy and smart, but hasn't ever had a patient with chronic Costo. I'm ready to beat this thing, if it's possible, doing whatever it takes.
I've started compiling a list of treatments based on Costo success stories of people finally getting over it. I.E. Physio, Nortriptline, etc. that I plan to run down one by one with my doctor.
If anyone has any treatments they feel were effective in overcoming or at least managed their Costo very well please leave a comment. The idea is to have as many treatments listed as possible in one thread.
Backstory on me: Male, 33. No injury or trauma I can think of started it. I was working long hours in high stress situations. Started with sharp pains in my chest, then heavy dull pressure. Testing ruled out my heart. About six months in, a new pain started in my lower left side, very specific location that's never changed. Over the last year the pains have flipped. Overall my chest is better. No more stinging pain and the dull ache has gotten better, but the pain in my left side below my chest became worse. Hurts everyday, mostly dull pain. Every now and then though, it "seizes" for lack of a better term and I can't take a deep breath; the pain shoots to a 10. I have to slowly keep trying to expand my lungs through the pain and it finally releases. The worst thing by far hasn't been the pain though, it's been the fatigue. Feels like I've been running at 30% max for a year.
My diet is super clean, I stretch, and use heating pads. The goal is to finally find a treatment that works for me and help as many people as I can do the same.
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